North East India Holiday itinerary

North East India Holiday itinerary - 06 Nights / 07 Days
Places Covered - Guwahati » Shillong (75)

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  • Guwahati (Arrival)

    Upon arrival in Guwahati, Welcome by Swan Tours representative  who'll help you in smooth transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

  • Guwahati - Cherrapunjee

    Post breakfast in the morning, visit the Kamakhya Temple, a major Hindu trip site. One of the well-known Shakti peethas in the North East India, Kamakhya temple is visited by a million devotees during the Ambubashi celebration. Later, hit the road to Cherranpunjee (170 kilometers). It is the region with the highest rainfall. On the way, visit the Borapani Umiam Lake. Stay overnight in Cherrapunjee.

  • Cherrapunjee

    In the morning, visit Krem Mawmluh near Cherrapunjee. It is located around 0.5 kilometers west of Cherrapunjee, beside the small village of Mawmluh. It has five river passages with remarkable magnitude. The length of the cave is more than 7 kilometers. Besides, you will also visit the waterfalls in Cherranpunjee. Stay overnight at Cherrapunjee resort.

  • Cherrapunjee

    Post a morning breakfast, delight in a leisurely walk on the Double Decker Living Root Bridge, created by the native Khasi Tribesman. Later on, enjoy a picnic lunch on the bridge and return back to the Chera Tourist Resort. In the night, treat your eyes with the amazing views of the Khasi hills and the Bangladesh plains. Overnight stay at Cherrapunjee resort.

  • Cherrapunjee - Shillong

    Post breakfast; take a road journey to Shillong, also popularly known as the 'Scotland of the East'. On the way, visit the Elephanta falls and head straight to Shillong peak to take pleasure in some awesome views. Overnight remain in Shillong.

  • Shillong

    In the early morning, embark on a sightseeing excursion of Shillong. The former capital of Assam, it is the house to the Khasi Highland people. Overnight remain in Shillong.

  • Guwahati - Departure

    Today, you will be transferred to the Guwahati airport to board flight for onward journey.

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  • Arrival at Gangtok

    On your arrival at Bagdodra airport/ Jalpaiguri train station, meet our tour representative and get accompanied to pre-booked hotel in Gangtok.

    Revered as the 'land of monasteries, Gangtok is among the leading tourist locations to check out in India. The city takes pride in variety of iconic abbeys, educational organizations, striking valleys and terrific sanctuaries. With its breathtaking destinations, Gangtok allures travelers from all parts of India and throughout the globe. The place has much to provide when it concerns attractions.

    You might visit Rumtek Monastery; largest Gompa in Sikkim, Saramsa Garden (a beautiful garden where you can see number of fruits and flowers planted), Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary (wonderful sanctuary well-known for diverse plants and animals) and Yumthang valley (the valley is the home of Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary where there are 24 species of Rhododendron).

    Overnight remain in the hotel.

  • Excursion to Tsomgo Lake (38 km/ around an hour drive)

    After breakfast, continue for brief journey to Tsomgo Lake; among the most popular tourist areas settled at a mindset as much as 12, 400ft. The lake gets its water from the melting of snows of the mountains. The lake holds fantastic spiritual significance amongst locals. Legends state that, Buddhist monks in earlier times forecasted the future after the research study of color of water.

    You might also enjoy terrific yak and mule ride along the lake and love the amazing surrounding. There is also a Lord Shiva temple near the lake where you can offer prayers to look for the blessings of the Lord.

    Next you head to Baba mandir which is another significant tourist destination in Gangtok. The holy shrine is put at an altitude up to 1300ft. and is just couple of kilometers far from Tsomgo Lake.

    Locals here claim that the temple was put up in the memory of Baba Harbhajan Singh (a soldier). In truth, the temple is likewise referred to as Baba Harbhajan Singh temple.

    With some great, memories return back to hotel. Remainder of the day you can either shop at the dynamic bazaars of Gangtok or just relax in the hotel space.

    Wel, if you are in Gangtok, shopping ends up being a must-do thing. The best-buys of the location are handicrafts, in your area made artifacts, Tibetan carpets, glittering jewelries, Sikkim tea, alpine cheese, black cardamom and other standard attire.

    Overnight remain in the hotel.

  • Gangtok regional sightseeing (half day) - get transferred to Kalimpong (77Km, around one and a half drive) (Sightseeing)

    On 3rd day, have breakfast and embark on a half-day sightseeing trip to Gangtok and later on in the evening proceed to Kalimpong.

    During your Gangtok trip, you go to Directorate of handicraft handlooms Emporium; one amongst the couple of finest locations to shop in state Sikkim. Boasting of conventional concepts, Tibetan carpets and other outstanding handicrafts including Thankas, Choksee and in your area made furniture, the center was tolerated an unbiased behind, to preserve and propagate the dazzling artifacts of regional craftsmens. All the things you get here is special and under your budget plan.

    Next you visit Research Institute of Tibetlogy which at first was described as Namgyal Institute of Tibetology; among the most important locations in Gangtok that deserves your see where you get to discover about the very culture, spirit and essence of land. Constructed in Sikkimese designs of architecture, the research study institute constitutes of a library with huge collection of Tibetan works popular all around the world and a museum of Tibetan Iconography and spiritual art.

    In today's time, the institute is understood around the world and has become a fantastic location to hold series of lectures and International conferences on Tibetan and Buddhist research studies.

    Even more, check out Do Drul Chorten which is among the most essential and spectacular stupas in Sikkim holding Kangyur antiques (holy books) and other religious items. The stupa is positioned on a hill and is pious enough amongst Buddhists. The chief tourist attraction of the stupa is the golden top dome and the 108 prayer wheels around the stupa. Prayers are offered by turning the wheel and chanting the mantra 'Om Mane Padmane Hum' inscribed on the wheels. The stupa was made under the supervision of Trulshik Rinpoche, the head of Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

    Then we take you to the must-visit monastery in Gangtok, Sikkim, Enchey monastery; an important seat of the Nyingmapa order of Vajrayana school of Buddhism. Surrounded by tall pine trees, the renowned abbey is a 2 storey structure boasting of shells which are concerned advantageous Buddhist signs and numerous murals representing the protective deity and wheel of law on the patio.

    Thereafter, explore White hall; historically significant building, set up in British styles. The hall consists of an officer's club and a badminton court. Also, visit the Flower Exhibition Center; a wonderland for plant lovers. With rich screen of greenery and colorful flowers, the center likewise holds Sikkim Flower Show where visitors get to see stunning orchids.

    After taking a trip around Gangtok, quickly travel to Kalimpong. Located on a ridge, overlooking Teesta River, Kalimpong is abundant in terms of horticulture. From noteworthy Buddhist monasteries to sanctified spots, Kalimpong has a lot to keep you engaged. It is a perfect place for history enthusiasts.

    Upon reaching Kalimpong, check-in at a hotel and settle down. Remainder of the evening is at leisure or you can likewise wander around the appealing nurseries and regional markets which are complete with paintings, statues, thankas and products made from bone.

    Overnight remain in the hotel.

  • Kalimpong Sightseeing (half day) - get transferred to Darjeeling (48km, around 2 hours drive)

    Fourth day is set out to check out Kalimpong. After breakfast, leave the hotel and drive through picturesque road to Deolo hill; noted amongst the crucial places of interest to visit in Kalimpong. Deolo hill is one of the 2 hills in between which the town Kalimpong is setup. Scale the highest point of the area, Deolo hill, as much as 1704m above the sea level. From the top, relish the captivating views of Teesta River, Relli valley and beautiful surrounding.

    Then you head to Hanuman mandir; a big statue of Lord Hanuman on a hill. It is a great location for Hanuman fans. Later on, go to the popular school of the town, Dr. Graham's homes (school). The school was opened with an intention to educate the kids of tea employees and other poor kids. The Graham's home is also a widely known shooting spot.

    Later on, continue to some essential traveler spots in Kalimpong consisting of- Durbin Monastery which is put on the Durbin Dara Hill. The star tourist attraction of the monastery is two big cylinders around 10ft high, on two sides. On turning the cylinders by a crank, the lever is so set up that a bell would prompt on every turn. You also get to see prayer wheels on outdoors walls of the abbey; Manghal Dham, which a shrine cum a prayer hall. Devoted to Lord Krishna the temple was raised by Shri Krishna Pranami in the memory of Guru Sri 108 Mangaldasji. The temple houses the statues of Prannath, Raj Shyamji and Mangaldasji.

    The divine Mangal Dham deals with the principles to help the schools, orphanages and whosoever in need; and Pine view nurseries which provides you a breathtaking and largest collection of cactus in entire Asia. The range would make you question about cactus as a possibility in North Eastern areas too, apart from desert areas.

    Later, get moved to Darjeeling.

    Prominent as the 'Queen of hills', Darjeeling is an essential traveler destination to go to in the state of West Bengal. The magnificent hill station is set up at an elevation of 7100ft with mountains and valleys all around and is best-known for salubrious weather condition, natural charm, tea farms, monasteries, lakes, museums and a great deal. The breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga, (the third highest mountain peak worldwide) would absolutely leave you awestruck.

    Darjeeling is likewise house to the famous World Heritage Train- Darjeeling Himalayan Railway; a thin gauge course connecting Darjeeling and Siliguri. Popular as the Darjeeling Toy train, the train started its operation in around 1881 and is among the couple of hill trains running in India. The train travels through some rolling hills, green jungles and tea farms of Darjeeling.

    On your arrival at Darjeeling, check-in at a hotel and relax. Even more, in the evening you are totally free to walk around the local markets. A few of the special buys of Darjeeling that should not be missed throughout your see consist of range of teas, incredible kitchen items, brass statues, woven fabrics and shinning precious jewelry.

    Overnight remain in the Darjeeling.

  • Darjeeling local Sightseeing (half day)

    Today morning prepare yourself for some thrilling drive to Tiger Hill; at a height approximately 8,500 ft. (On a clear day), value the enchanting natural charm of the hill, the lavish green jungles and the relaxing environment. Usually, it is noted that, visitors stopover this hill to relish the fantastic dawn. The supreme view of golden sunrays falling over the snow covered Himalayan varieties would undoubtedly leave you awestruck.

    From Tiger hill you can have a perfect view of Kanchenjunga, the 3rd greatest peak worldwide. In case you are lucky, you might likewise get to see the world's highest peak, Mount Everest.

    Afterwards, on the way back to hotel space, visit the Ghoom monastery-built by Lama Sherpa Gyaltsho, the abbey comes from Gelugpa (yellow hat) Sect. The abbey is extremely revered among Buddhists and is storehouse to numerous Buddhist manuscripts. The highlights of the monastery are thangkas on the walls and around 4.57 m high statue of Maithreya Buddha. The tranquility of the location would certainly supply you fantastic peace and power; then continue to Batasia Loop and War Memorial. Located inside Batasia Loop- a picturesque garden, War Memorial is a tribute to Gorkha soldiers of Darjeeling who compromised their life in the fight. Inaugurated in 1995, the memorial holds an elevated platform where there is a statue of a soldier paying regard and a Cenotaph.

    The loop uses amazing views of Kanchenjunga and stunning surrounding from toy train (route from Ghum and Darjeeling).

    Returning to hotel for breakfast and unwind for some time. After breakfast, prepare yourself for a half day tour to Darjeeling.

    Start with Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park which is renowned for some rarely seen types consisting of Red Panda, Siberian Tiger, Tibetan Wolf, Black Bear and Snow Leopard. Located at a height up to 2133m, Padmaja Naidu is among popular and greatest Zoo in India. The primary idea behind the formation of the park was to save the endangered types of animals. The park has a remarkable picturesque charm of rich jungles.

    Then we take you to Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (closed on Thursday)- an institute generally put up to motivate today's generation students to enhance involvement in interesting sports like mountaineering; Passenger Ropeway- among the finest methods to love the beautiful Darjeeling. It is India's first Passenger Ropeway beginning from Singamari. The route to Darjeeling and Singla Bazaar feels even much better when you experience the ride.

    From the Cable Car, one can really pick up captivating tea farms, breathtaking valley, waterfalls and the River Ranjeet and Ramman. Moreover, you can also have the superb views of Eastern Himalayan Range and the snow covered peaks of Kachenjunga; Tenzing and Gombu Rock Darjeeling- two big natural rocks set opposite to each other. Called after Tenzing Norway is the Tenzing rock and Gombu rock called after Nawang Gombu. Both the rocks are training areas for Himalayan Mountaineering Institute trainees; Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center-a perfect location to explore Tibetan Culture through the artifacts, wooden carvings, photos, carpets, leather work and much more put into exhibit and on sale; Tea Estate- producing range in teas, tea estates in Darjeeling are popular for their well-kept farms where you can see different flavors, taste and scent of teas (Sunday closed); Peace Pogoda- a Buddhist stupa/ monument specifically put up to preserve peace and unify people of all religion and caste. Constructed under the guidance of a Buddhist monk, Nichidastu Fuji, the stupa means world peace.

    Return back to hotel for overnight stay.

  • Departure- Darjeeling to Siliguri- (64km, around one and a half hour drive)

    Today, after morning breakfast, check-out type the hotel and leave for Siliguri. Further, travel to Jalpaiguiri train station/ Bagdogra airport/ Tenzing Norgay bus station, for your onward destination.


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North East India Holiday itinerary

North East India Holiday itinerary includes destinations in the states of Assam , Meghalaya ,Mizoram , Arunachal Pradesh ,Sikkim and West Bengal . There are various combinations of itineraries that are possible, when traveling to this area .Find below the information on the two most popular tourist cities in North East India - Darjeeling and Gangtok and also the popular itineraries as below:

Darjeeling

Anyone with a yen for hill stations must see the "Queen of the Hills" in the far northwestern corner of West Bengal. Built during the British Raj as a center for the lucrative tea trade, this colorful town quickly earned a reputation as a superb Himalayan resort. Most of the graceful old colonial buildings are a bit scruffy, but some still bear their regal stamp, and the town's Old World charm never ceases to enchant even jaded travelers. With a few days here you can soak up the majestic alpine ambience and scenery—dominated, in good weather, by far-off Mt. Kanchenjunga (28,208 ft)—bargain in a local market, and trek on a nearby hillside. Fog engulfs the town from below at unpredictable intervals, but when it clears and the sun sparkles on the exquisitely snowy Kanchenjunga, third-highest mountain in the world, the effect is dazzling.

The pride of Dab as it's affectionately called is its main promenade, the Mall. Stroll around, or hop on a pony, and drink in the general air of well-being. If you're hungry after a long train journey, stop in a road-side cafe for a plate of steamed Tibetan memos. From the Mall you can wander off into some of the town's hilly cobbled lanes.

Nature lovers have plenty to see right in town. The Bengal Natural History Museum (Meadowbank Rd.) houses an exhaustive collection of alpine fauna and a splendid display of big-game trophies. Just north of the museum en route to the zoo is Rai Bhavan, former residence of the Maharaja of Burdwan, crowned by a lovely blue dome. Padmaja Naidu Zoo (off Jawahar Rd. W) is famous for its rare snow leopards as well as shy red pandas and other alpine animals. The Hi-malayan Mountaineering Institute ( beyond the zoo), a training center with some public exhibits, was long directed by none other than Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, who accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary up Mt. Everest in 1953. Sacred sites also abound. South of the town center, Dhirdham Temple (below the train station) was built along the lines of the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. Both Buddhists and Hindus revere Observatory Hill (above Windamere Hotel), topped by an unusual shrine. There are several gompas, or Tibetan monasteries, nearby, beginning with Aloobari (Tenzing Norgay Rd.). Bhutia Busti houses the original Bhardo Thudol (Tibetan Book of The Dead). Darjeeling's most celebrated house of worship is the Yiga-Choling monastery in Ghoom, 8 km/5 mi south of Darjeeling, which houses the extremely sacred Maitreya Buddha ("Coming Buddha") image.

To see how Darjeeling tea is processed, visit the Happy Valley Tea Estate, 3 km (2 mi) outside town, where tea is still made the orthodox way. An obliging employee can be an impromptu but effective guide. For such a small town, Darjeeling is a serious shopping center, with top-quality orange-pekoe tea, Tibetan artifacts, jewelry, thangka paintings, local woolen garments, hats, and carpets.

The weather up here is delightful year-round, barring only the monsoon season. You'll get the best views of Kanchenjunga between November and March. The town sometimes gets snow in December; bring heavy woolens in winter, light woolens in summer.

Sikkim

Lepchas, or Rongkup (Children of Rong), the first known inhabitants of Sikkim, aptly called their mountain home paradise. The last chogyal (king), who ruled over Sikkim until it became India's 22nd state in 1975, was an avid conservationist who protected his Buddhist kingdom from development. Gangtok, the capital, is overbuilt and crowded, but once you escape its boundaries, you're surrounded by tropical forests rich with 600 species of orchids and 46 varieties of rhododendron. Water-falls splash down mountains and power prayer wheels. Tidy hamlets with prayer flags flapping in the breeze and cultivated terraced fields occupy idyllic valleys. Sikkim's guardian deity, Mt. Kanchenjunga—the world's third-highest peak, at 28,208 ft; also spelled Khangchend-zonga—is still revered by all who live in its shadow.

Three distinct ethnic groups live in Sikkim. The Lepchas originally lived in seclusion in north Sikkim, where they developed a harmonious relationship with the environment to ensure their survival. Although most Lepchas converted to Buddhism, many still worship aspects of their physical surroundings: rainbows, clouds, rivers, and trees. Village priests preside over elaborate rituals, including animal sacrifices, to appease their animist deities.

Bhutias from Tibet came into Sikkim with the first chogyal in the 17th century. Buddhism governs Bhutia life, with the monastery and the lama exerting tremendous influence over daily activities. Every village has its prayer flags and chortens, every home has an altar room, and most families have one relative in a monastery or convent. Buddhism even works its way into weavings, hand-woven rugs, thangka (scroll) paintings, statues, and delicately carved choktses (tables). The Bhutias' culture, in turn, dominates Sikkim, right down to the women's national dress: the traditional kho or bhoku, the epitome of elegance, worn over a wanju (blouse), with the pangden (apron), the final colorful touch, restricted to married women and formal occasions.

Also sharing Sikkim are the Nepalese, who introduced terrace farming to the region. Although most Nepalese are Hindu, you'll see few Hindu temples in Sikkim, and their faith often incorporates Buddhist beliefs and practices (as it does in Nepal). The Nepalese are dominant in business, and theirs is the language most often heard in Sikkim.

June, July, and August bring monsoon rains and December and January have cold snows, so the times to visit Sikkim are March–May and September–mid-November. The peak period, when tourist services are taxed to the limit, is late September–early October: the Hindu festival Durga Puja.